FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2018
More than two dozen good neighbors are ready to roll up their sleeves to help south Kansas City resident Charlotte Maazouz fix up her home. Volunteers from Paseo Baptist Church and skilled laborers from Clarkson Construction and the Kansas City Carpenters Union are gathering at Maazouz’s 8106 Flora home on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to noon as part of the ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ initiative.
Maazouz, 67, has lived in her Marlborough neighborhood home for nearly 40 years, raising three children and she’s currently taking care of her autistic granddaughter.
“She is very deserving of ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ recognition,” said Shawn Kirkwood, diversion coordinator for the city’s Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department and coordinator of the ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ initiative. While laborers tackle home repairs, volunteers will landscape, paint and clean up Maazouz’s yard.
‘Love Thy Neighbor’ was initiated by 5th District Councilwoman Alissia Canady, chairwoman of the city’s neighborhoods and public safety committee. The Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department provides organizational assistance, but ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ is a volunteer program and not funded by the City of Kansas City.
‘Love Thy Neighbor’ volunteers make minor repairs and do yard work at homes owned by senior citizens and persons with disabilities who have received citations for code violations, but are physically or financially unable to do the work.
Kirkwood said the City has identified several other owner/occupied homes that could be part of the ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ campaign — if other churches and community groups want to participate.
For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala by phone at 816-513-3202 or by email.